How to Make Vincentea Van Gogh – The LUME Melbourne Challenge

The lockdown in Melbourne is getting longer AGAIN! We’ve already almost spent a year in lockdown since March 2020. 

I am crossing my fingers for individuals, businesses, organisations, overall this society will stay strong. 

Meanwhile, businesses are forced to shut again. Events are cancelled or postponed. Then I found this post from the exhibition I planned to visit.

how to make vincentea or any art inspired tea craft.

1. Choose which portrait you want to use

Vincent Van Gogh Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat

For the re-create Vincent Van Gogh’s portrait challenge, I chose Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat.

Title: Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (obverse: The Potato Peeler)
Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Date: 1887
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 12 1/2 in. (40.6 x 31.8 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967
Accession Number: 67.187.70a

2. Choose which tea, teaware you want to use

the LUME Melbourne Vincent Van Gogh Vincentea

Thanks to tea, it took me a second to come up with an idea.
I instantly grabbed my teacup, a tea strainer. 

the LUME Melbourne Vincent Van Gogh Vincentea

I used Japanese Sencha made in Australia to show my respect for the exhibition and also to honour Vincent Van Gogh.

3. Create ambience you want to use

the LUME Melbourne Vincent Van Gogh Vincentea

I wanted to create a low dim light. To create this, I  changed my lightbulb colour to blue and used starry lights.  

That's it!

This was very simple, yet fun tea craft activity. I also made a making film that you can see how I created Vincentea. 

This can be a great family friendly activity for people with kids. 

To the dreamers

While looking up the portraits painted by Vincent Van Gogh, I found out that Vincent drew himself because of short of funds and want of a model.

“Van Gogh produced more than twenty self-portraits during his Parisian sojourn (1886–88). Short of funds but determined nevertheless to hone his skills as a figure painter, he became his own best sitter: “I purposely bought a good enough mirror to work from myself, for want of a model.” This picture, which shows the artist’s awareness of Neo-Impressionist technique and color theory, is one of several that are painted on the reverse of an earlier peasant study.”

I can’t imagine life pursuing a dream even if that means dealing with loneliness, hunger, contempt, mockery and numerous life struggles. That’s probably why my Vincentea looks cute, yet looking like it needs some hugs 🙁 


Regardless, Making Vincentea is a great tea craft activity for family with kids or adults to have self-reflect time. To the dreamers (including myself), I hope life treats us kindly. 🙏

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